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As I write this, I’m actually packing up for a two week trip to Shanghai, China and earlier this year I traveled to Las Vegas, Portland, Miami, Barcelona, Paris and San Diego, all with in the span of a couple months. It’s safe to say happy, healthy traveling has become very much essential in my life. Since most of my trips are work related speaking engagements or writing assignments I can’t afford to waste a day feeling under the weather or drained from traveling so I’ve established some nourishing habits to keep me running on optimal fuel wherever I am in the world. It took a while to get the hang of them all but now that I have my go to operating plan, it’s super simple and helps keep me feeling good and shining bright wherever I go.
1. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD FOR THE FLIGHT
I will say, airline food has improved, but depending on the airline, it’s still very likely that there will be nothing on the plane you (or I) would deem suitable for consumption. I always bring a full on meal and snacks with me on my flight. If it’s the morning, I bring chia seed pudding, some nuts and fresh fruit. If it’s an afternoon or evening flight, I take my go-to superfood salad. I’ll also pack a healthy treat like my vegan, gluten free, chocolate hazelnut cookies, incase I get a craving after a mid-flight snooze and need to resist ordering sweets off the airline’s menu.
Here are some of my go-to in flight recipes! I’ve traveled with all of the below so you will have no problem getting them through security, promise!
1 cup cooked quinoa (I added a little basil + oregano while it was cooking)
2 cups of kale lightly sautéed in 1 tsp of macadamia nut oil (or coconut/olive)
3 baby spring onions diced and lightly sautéed with the kale
1/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts
3/4 cup of fresh blueberries
3 whopping tbsps of hemp hearts
all seasoned with garlic, onion powder, and oregano
I didn’t add any dressing to it because I honestly enjoy how the natural flavors compliment each other while still keeping it very light and airy but feel free to lightly drizzle a little olive oil or macadamia nut oil if you prefer!
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT COOKIES
1 1/2 cups of GF oat bran
2 tbsp of cashew butter (can use almond or hazelnut but I like the creamy sweetness that cash abutter naturally has)
2 tbsp of chia oil ( can also use coconut but I like the extra omega 3 boost of chia)
1 large organic banana
1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced hazelnuts
1 tsp of cinnamon
2 flax “eggs”
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Toss it all in your mixer. Lightly grease your sheet pan with coconut oil and use a mini ice cream scooper or tsp to ration the dough. It will be a little bit stickier than normal cookie dough but should be manageable. Let the cookies cook for 5-10 minutes depending on your oven. Watch them and pull them out when the edges are becoming golden brown. ENJOY!
2. CREATE A RELAXING ENVIORMENT.
I love spending time in hotel rooms but sometimes they can feel a little sterile and not quite as welcoming as my love infused bedroom back at home so I bring a few things from home to “warm” up the space. I love traveling with my “infinite love” flower essence spray from Lotus Wei because it’s scent reminds me of home and have recently been attached at the hip (or should I say wrist) to Aura Cacia’s Lavender oil to calm me after a long day when I’m winding down. I bring my scents, my crystals and even some special “mantra” cards so that I create my own sacred space in the hotel room. I meditate every day, regardless of where I am and having a few little things that get me in the mood and set the tone have proven extremely helpful! I also travel with lavender Epsom salt bath crystals for those night where a long soak in the tub is necessary!
3. ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH GREEN JUICE.
What I miss more than anything when I’m traveling is my green juice! It’s become one of my daily go tos and helps me keep my immune system up, stay energized and get tons of nutrients that I might miss out while eating on the road. I was so happy to come across ALOHA’s daily good green juice powder because I can just throw a bunch of the small packets in my purse and mix it with the water they serve on the plane as well as in my hotel room in the mornings. I still make it a point to search out a green juice spot in every city I visit but it’s nice to know that I have my own supply for when juice isn’t so readily available. I also love keeping my favorite herbal teas on hand as well, right now I’ve got a bunch of Yogi Tea’s “Detox” and Tulsi’s “Holy Basil – Sweet Rose” packed for Shanghai. Drinking tea in the morning is a regular part of my morning ritual so I don’t like to leave it up to the hotel to supply!
4. LET IT BE EASY.
Do the little things that make your life easier. There are enough things that can naturally stress you out while traveling so I’ve found it’s best to handle what you can in advance for a smoother trip. One thing I’ve found incredibly helpful was finding a great suitcase that’s the maximum “carry-on” measurements. I go everywhere with my brightly colored LeSportsac carry on suitcase. It literally looks like someone painted it so it’s super easy to spot on the luggage carousel when I do have to check it and it’s big enough where most of the time I can pack for my whole trip in it. I also always wear comfy-chic clothes my lucy yoga pants and fitted hoodie are comfortable while still looking put together. I personally getting too decked out for your flight is silly, wear your sneakers, your favorite yoga pants and layer on top in case the plane is cold, you’ll be much happier during your flight!